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  ABC    ABC World News With Diane Sawyer    News/Business. Diane  
   Sawyer.  (2012) New. (CC)  

    November 2, 2012
    5:30 - 6:00pm PDT  

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this is "world news." tonight, breaking news. cheers erupt in lower manhattan as the power flickers back on. and under a lot of pressure, new york decides late today to pull the plug on the famous new york marathon this weekend. running on empty. endless lines for gasoline. >> seven hours here already. >> people running out of gas. waiting for a few gallons to take home. waiting for the cold night ahead. we get answers. the challenger. four days to go. the second of our personal portraits of the men who want your vote. and, noah's ark? how would you evacuate a 250-pound walrus? how about a giant octopus? we're there as trainers decide what to do when their aquarium flooded and 12,000 creatures are inside.
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good evening on this friday night. and as we come on the air, there is late news about the devastating storm and one of the biggest athletic events in the world. under enormous pressure, new york has canceled the iconic new york city marathon for the first time in history. 40,000 runners from all over the world sidelined. and even a lot of those athletes wondered how anyone ever thought they could possibly run when so many communities around them are suffering. abc's dan harris now on this huge controversy, the big decision and the breaking news tonight. dan? >> reporter: diane, good evening. as you know, the mayor really wanted this race to be run. he hoped it would be a sign of resilience and unity in this crippled city, but he admitted tonight it had instead become a source of controversy beyond an
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division. it was scenes like this -- this is your house right here? >> yeah. yeah, this is my house. it used to be over there. >> reporter: juxtaposed against scenes like this -- fancy port-a-potties -- that forced the mayor to cancel the marathon. today, we saw them loading in cases of vodka. private party going on in here. and pallets of water and food. this is a lot of provisions. can't go in this area? but the pictures that truly did not sit well with many in this city where hundreds of thousands still don't have power, four large diesel generators, guarded by security. how many homes could these things power? >> i don't know. >> reporter: how do you think your neighbors without power would like this thing? >> they'd love it. >> there's children out there who are without blankets, without anything. and then these generators are running. >> reporter: the decision to cancel the marathon came just hours after the mayor publicly defended the idea. >> new york has to show that we are here and that we're going to
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recover. >> reporter: tonight, on our local station, wabc, the head of the marathon said it was the toughest decision she'd ever made. >> it was time to just, you know, make this decision and this became a psychological issue for the city. >> reporter: she also apologized to the tens of thousands of runners who trained hard and traveled long distances, in many cases, for a race that is now yet another casualty of hurricane sandy. diane? >> all right, dan, thank you. and we know what was haunting even a lot of those athletes. take a look. parts of the city were celebrating tonight as their lights came back on. but in so many other places, a very different story. families were bundling up to keep warm in the bitter cold. take a look. a baby swaddled in the candlelight. neighbors sit by campfires in the street. a family huddles for warmth in their home, choosing their own house over a shelter. and everywhere, there are those lines, waiting for even a few gallons of gasoline.
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and abc's alex perez has been out all day with the families, waiting. >> reporter: in lower manhattan tonight, hundreds of new yorkers lined up for food. for many, the first hot meal they've had in days. but while the power is turning on right now, thousands throughout the region are still bracing for a very cold night. help also arriving in blacked out communities like staten island and the rockaways, where neighbors are planning for another night in dark homes. >> really a dangerous, dangerous situation. and it's a real dangerous place in the dark. >> reporter: 1.3 million people are still without power tonight in new york. in new jersey, 1.5 million. even those lucky enough to have generators are worried that gas is running out. where there's a working pump, you'll find endless lines of people. ben is one of them. three hours, he's been waiting in this new jersey line to fill his two-gallon container. he's been using extra blankets to keep his baby son warm.
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>> it's freezing cold. nights are not nice, you know, it's -- we have to go to places and warm up things and come back home. >> reporter: from lines of people to lines of cars, stretched down both sides of a highway, waiting to fill up. wow. >> seven hours here already. >> reporter: more than half the gas stations in new york city, long island and new jersey are shut down tonight. many, because they have no power. but others are just tapped out. complicating matters, sandy shut down new york harbor and most of the tanker refueling terminals. tack on damaged roads, it's been hard to get gas to stations. >> so, to the extend there's a shortfall, shortage of fuel, that's because there is a shortage of fuel. >> reporter: tonight, new york's port is open for gas tankers. the governor easing regulation to get the fuel into the harbor. in new jersey, fema and the national guard are working with gas companies to supply empty stations.
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>> so, we're on top of the gas situation. >> reporter: and that help could not come any sooner, diane. even at this hour, there is still a long line of people waiting for gas here at this station in clifton, new jersey. the owner here tells me he got a full gas delivery early this morning. he expects to be completely dry within an hour. diane? >> and we saw one of those people waiting rubbing his hands in the cold. thank you, alex. and, a couple of notes on the storm right now, we want to tell you the latest on those natural gas leaks in the town of seaside heights, new jersey. you'll remember we showed you the hissing, bubbling leaks, residents terrified of fire. well, tonight, we can report that new jersey natural gas has shut off all the gas valves. the danger, they tell us, is over. and, so many of you wanted to know about the 53-year-old woman we met yesterday while we were climbing the dark stairs in her apartment building. we encountered her, she said she had had chest pain. so, we took her to the emergency
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room and tonight, we're happy to report, the hospital has released her and the visiting nurses are telling us that they're going to be checking in on her in her home. and now, we move onto the new jobs report out today. the last one before the presidential election. and it shows 171,000 jobs created last month. beating predictions. the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%, as more americans rejoin the search for a job. and this, with just four days to go until americans go to the polls, your voice, your vote. and there in the corner of your screen, our abc news presidential countdown clock. as abc's jack tapper tells us tonight how the president plans to cross the finish line in first place. >> hello, ohio! >> reporter: as he made his way today across the pivotal buckeye state, the cornerstone of his midwestern firewall, president obama cast himself in the same
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bipartisan way that appealed to independent voters four years ago. >> over the last four years, the status quo in washington has fought us every step of the way. >> reporter: it would be unusual for a democratic president four days before election day to actually suggest it would be okay with him if voters went for a congressional candidate other than a democrat. but eager to paint himself as not part of the washington problem, the president did just that -- at every stop. >> as long as i'm president, you know, i've said, i will work with anybody of any party to move this country forward. if you want to break the gridlock in congress, you'll vote for leaders who feel the same way whether they're democrat, republican or independent. >> reporter: president obama seemed energized and confident today. he actually did a little jig at hiss his last top here in lima, ohio. obama campaign officials are talking up their early voting program, years in the making. with republicans more reliable election day voters, the argument goes, democrats have built up a bank of early votes, ones that make winning those battleground states a tougher challenge for romney.
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obama campaign officials argue polls of early voters in battleground states suggest their bank of obama votes means romney will have to win on election day well more than half the votes in key states to win. but the president is not relying solely on early voting or even on this new rekindled bipartisan pitch. in this state alone, diane, president obama and his allies have run 16,000 more ads than romney and his allies. and if that's not enough for you, on monday, president obama will be back here in ohio with bruce springsteen. diane? >> okay, thank you, jake. and also tonight, the latest in our brand new daily abc news/"washington post" polls. tonight, the poll gives mitt romney a one-point edge. so, we asked abc's david muir to tell us his strategy for the final sprint. >> reporter: mitt romney bolting through the battlegrounds. today, on the campaign plane, it was the candidate taking pictures. romney capturing images of his
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staff sneaking a nap, as romney faces to the finish. in just the last 24 hours, virginia -- >> virginia, we're going to win on november 6th, i'll tell you that. >> reporter: wisconsin. >> god bless the people of wisconsin. thank you. >> reporter: and tonight, ohio. >> wow, it's good to be back. >> reporter: romney supporters with their own version of that obama rallying cry of "four more years." >> four more days! four more days! >> you got that one right, by the way. you got that absolutely right. four more days. >> reporter: and today, romney's closing argument, meant to appeal to those moderate voters, that sliver of voters in the middle who might still be persuadable, promising to work with the other party, with this attack aimed at the president. >> he promised he'd have a post-partisan presidency. but it's been the most partisan i've seen, with divisiveness and bitterness and division and demonization. hallmarks of his presidency. >> reporter: the romney campaign eager to move past those images of republican chris christie applauding the president's response this week to hurricane sandy. tonight, the campaign telling me their ground game in the swing states is far ahead of where john mccain's was four years
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ago. and here in ohio, they believe romney's strength among independents will fuel a win here. in the suburbs surrounding cincinnati, automated phones, dozens dialing at once. listen to this volunteer who reaches a coveted voter who's clearly had their phone ring before. >> you're not being punished. think of it is you are well liked. >> reporter: consider yourself very liked, as they call those voters over and over again. tonight, the governor joined by his wife ann, his five sons and by kid rock, diane, look over my shoulder here tonight. he's rocking out the crowd for thousands. and i got a kick out of this. he just had the crowd singing "sweet home cincinnati." so even kid rock is tailoring his message to the swing voters here in a key battleground. diane. >> all right, thanks so much, david muir reporting in. and now, i want to bring in abc news political consultant, matthew dowd. a veteran of political war rooms for democrats and republicans. four days out. what are you seeing? >> this is a political more on
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marathon that hasn't been canceled. and we're at the end of the 700 days that this has been going on, and we're in the final days of it. and it's going to be the most expensive, the most divisive and probably the tightest election we've seen in our modern times of this political campaign. it's an amazing situation. but many people aren't waiting. >> no, they're out voting early. what do we know about that? can we read tea leaves? >> well, yes. you can take a look at it, when you sort of see the lines up in georgia, the lines that have gone on, we see they're lined around the block. people not waiting for the finish line, they're wanting to do it earlier. 25 million people have already cast votes early. by time election day comes, more than a third, maybe even 40% of the people are going to have voted early. so we're going to set a record for number of people voted and set a record for people that vote before election day. >> so, election day is a moving target. >> yeah. >> now in america. >> exactly. that's one of the things campaigns have to plan, it's no longer one day, it's multiple days. >> well, i know that you'll be joining george stephanopoulos and his political roundtable, his powerhouse team, this sunday
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on a special election edition of "this week." and mark the date, tuesday night, george and i and the abc news political team will be in our election headquarters, joining you as americans go to the polls to elect a president. and coming up next, the race against time to save a noah's ark of sea creatures. 12,000 otters, sea lions, even a baby walrus. how do you evacuate a shark? that's next. k? that's next. [ female announcer ] want to spend less and retire with more? then don't get nickle and dimed by high cost investments and annoying account fees. at e-trade, our free easy-to-use online tools and experienced retirement specialists can help you build a personalized plan. and with our no annual fee iras and a wide range of low cost investments, you can execute the plan you want at a low cost. so meet with us, or go to etrade.com for a great retirement plan with low cost investments.
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it would be a massive effort. evacuating a shark alone requires a 12,000-gallon fish tank. as for the aquarium's famous baby walrus, rescued from alaska, it was a massive effort to deliver the baby to the aquarium. he weighs nearly 250 pounds. tonight, the aquarium says generators have restored some of the power, but that some fish still may be evacuated. and while throughout the storm zone, we've seen heartwarming images of peflts rescued, at the aquarium, they'll depend on the hard-working staff to keep the animals safe. paula faris, abc news, new york. >> and more tonight on this story on "20/20" at 10:00 eastern time. and a lot of other unexpected heroes from the storm, as well. coming up here, our portrait of a president. tonight, what does this hollywood starlet have to do with mitt romney? we're going to tell you, next. what's next?
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last night, abc news brought you the first part of our personal portraits of the presidential candidates. tonight, governor mitt romney, and a personal life steeped in his family and in his faith. mitt romney has said he grew up in good fortune. his father, a ceo and governor. >> my dad had extraordinary capacity. he was a man of great wisdom. i'd love to have the wisdom of my father, of my mother. >> reporter: his mother, who wanted to be a hollywood star. and take a look at this. we found old footage from mgm, promoting their new find. she was mormon and so was her suitor, named george romney, who kept coming out to california to pursue her. and so she gave up a lucrative contract to follow him back home. at a detroit prep school, their youngest son mitt was a jokester, a member of the pep club.
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at liberal berkeley university, he made headlines for protesting against the people who were sitting in against the vietnam war. but romney deferred military service to fulfill his mormon duty and served as a missionary in france. and while he was away, it was his father who guided the love of his son's life, ann davies, in her conversion into the church. >> she's done the most important task in our family, by far, which is that she took primary responsibility for raising five extraordinary sons. >> reporter: their devotion to their faith so strong, in 1981, romney told a fellow bain executive, he was planning to give nearly half of his salary to the church. in an earlier interview, i was curious about the fact he doesn't drink caffeine. >> the church says no coffee or tea, it doesn't literally say caffeine. >> reporter: it doesn't? >> yeah. i try and avoid caffeine drinks, but if there's a caffeine free diet coke, that's what i'll take, but if there's regular, i
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and now, something special we want to tell you about. on monday, right here at abc, it is a day of giving. our programs from dawn to dusk will be participating in a call to action to help everyone in the path of the storm. and for more information on how you can donate, please go to abcnews.com and join us on monday. and as we say good night, we want to show you images from this long week. and that bruce springsteen concert in upstate new york last night, where he played "my city of ruins" and paid tribute to everyone affected by the storm. good night. ♪ >> i want to send this out to all the folks who have been working so hard in new jersey. ♪ my city of ruins
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♪ come on rise up ♪ come on rise up ♪ come on rise up ♪ report. >> the governor defends the state public utilities commission but for homeowners beg to differ. >> in sacramento, most california voters know proposition 30 as governor
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